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The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

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Santana QC, Coetzee MPA, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Steenkamp ET. (2015) Nursery linked plantation‐outbreaks and evidence for multiple introductions of the pitch canker pathogen Fusarium circinatum into South Africa. Plant Pathology 10.1111/ppa.12437
Pavlic-Zupanc D, Piskur B, Slippers B, Wingfield MJ, Jurc D. (2015) Molecular and morphological characterization of Dothiorella species associated with dieback of Ostrya carpinifolia in Slovenia and Italy. Phytopathologia Mediterranea 10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-15011 PDF
Baron S, Van der Merwe NA, Madder M, Maritz-Olivier C. (2015) SNP analysis infers that recombination is involved in the evolution of Amitraz resistance in Rhipicephalus microplus. PLoS ONE 10(7):e0131341. 10.1371/journal.pone.0131341 PDF
Vivas M, Kemler M, Slippers B. (2015) Maternal effects on tree phenotypes: considering the microbiome. Trends in Plant Science 10.1016/j.tplants.2015.06.002
Coetzee MPA, Marincowitz S, Muthelo VG, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Ganoderma species, including new taxa associated with root rot of the iconic Jacaranda mimosifolia in Pretoria, South Africa. IMA Fungus 6(1):249-256. 10.5598/imafungus.2015.06.01.16 PDF

FABI Events

2015-07-30 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Ariska van der Nest
David Nsibo - Population genetics of Cercospora zeina, a maize grey leaf spot pathogen in Eastern and Southern Africa
Mohamed Seedat - Identification of CRN effector genes in Phytophthora cinnamomi during avocado root infection
Sarai Olivier - Insects occurring on Black Wattle in South Africa: factors influencing colonisation
2015-08-04 07h30-16h30 Introductory Microsatellite Workshop Bioinformatics Seminar Room File